RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Specially kilned Crystal malt and a generous portion of American cascade hops are used for a refreshing, spicy aroma, and a long, dry finish. Great with food, it’s big, bold, and bittersweet. Named best beer in Ohio and winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Championships. Four Stars-Great Lakes Beer Guide.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that fizzled away after a few minutes. Smells of sweet malt, fruit and Flowery hops. Nice bitter hop bite, I can dig this beer. Full of hops and sweet malt, but mostly hops. If your not a fan of hops you won’t like this. For me the more bitter the better. GO BUCKS! BEAT MICHIGAN!

chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2017
(From 2011 notes). This is a nice hoppy APA from CBC. Nothing too unusual or bold here, although the beer leans in the bold direction for style. This is a very well brewed PA, with plenty of citrus and a bit of pine in the aroma, and this carries thru to the taste and finish. I appreciate the substantial hop flavor without an over-whelming bitterness. Looks nice too, being crystal clear amber with a durable head. Highly recommended!

DavyK (167) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2017
Bottle from Drygate bottle shop. Classic midwest pale ale - I’d be inclined to call it an IPA, such was it’s hopping. But not hop-forward: that typical midwest balance of smooth malty hops and amber ale tendencies against a bitter and long after taste.

superspak (6222) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/1/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey/caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey/caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, pine, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Very vibrant and pretty juicy on hop/yeast flavors; with a solid malt backbone that never feels too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

PorterPounder (8363) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Boardman, Oh - Vintage Estate Beer and Wine - 12 oz bottle. Slight haze to the medium golden pour, soft,snow white head, light lacing. Aroma has some spearmint accents, some hoppy spruce accents. Flavor is solid with nice light citrus bitterness, some light caramel sweetness, a touch of peach-like fruitiness, some grassy notes in the back end. Nice, smooth mouthfeel.

JohnRMurdoch (5150) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Amber brown, reasonable head. Grain malt aroma, reasonable head. Grain malt aroma. Leafy resin malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Reasonable pale ale.

graham_murphy (708) - - AUG 14, 2016
Good version of a classic american pale ale. Lots of citrus, mango and predominantly pine from the hops with a decent dry bitter lingering taste. Not too exciting but well done.

ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottled on 062216. Nose classic Cascade grapefruit and lighter orange peel, fresh with hints of dank and wood. Pour is lightly hazy deep orange with slightly above-average carbonation and a large rocky off-white head, tight lace. Taste bone dry and strongly resinous, lets the strong bitterness shine through. Not tart at all, lightly woody, touch of deep toffee and much more earth, but no lighter caramel -- it’s a good match. Could use a little more of a spicy aspect in the absence of juicier grapefruit, but the straight-laced dryness makes it super repeatable. Clean, smooth body a shade lighter than full. A classic of the style in line alongside the floral Sierra Nevada. [2016.08.09: 3.7]

Shot (573) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with a huge fluffy white head that dissipates to a quarter-inch head. Substantial cling. Aromas of citrus, pine and floral hops. Flavors of bitter citrus, cut grass, floral hops, pine needles, and biscuit. Crisp, dry finish. Creamy, but clean mouthfeel. A competent, well-made pale ale. Very nice.

LazyPyro (1805) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2016
355ml bottle from BrewDog. Hazy orange colour with a one finger off-white head. Hoppy citrus fruit aroma and a bit of pine. Taste is hoppy, citrus fruits, orange, pine, caramel. Light bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking.

Heidbummer (985) - SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours russet with generous persistent white head. Caramel nose. Tastes dry with a nice bitter edge to it, Malt and caramel and a hint of oranges. Very easy to drink. Great stuff.

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